The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is Changing the Way We Think About Electric Cars

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At one point in time, a car getting 20 MPG was impressive, and it would be insanity to think that we could possibly have a car that runs purely on electricity. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is changing the way that we think about how cars function in the world.

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV is a purely electric car that is going to get up to an estimated 238 miles of range per full charge. As the average daily commute for a worker is approximately 40 miles, this means that people could potentially go a few days before having to charge their vehicle.

As for charging the battery, there are a few features that help save battery life. One is called the “regen effect”, which essentially allows drivers to slow down without using the brake pedal. As drivers let off the gas, the vehicle slows down, which transfers energy back to the battery.

The traditional way of charging the Bolt EV is with a special charger at home that gives you about 25 miles per hour of charge. It takes about 9.5 hours to completely recharge the battery.

Improve Your Pregame Party with These Tailgating Essentials

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There is no better way to experience an NFL or college football game than by getting to the stadium a few hours beforehand to soak in the atmosphere and join in the tailgating festivities. To make sure that you show up prepared and the envy of every other party happening in the parking lot, remember these tailgating essentials on the next game day.

Dress Appropriately

Leave no question about which team you’re supporting. Whether it’s a jersey, shoes, or decals to put on your equipment, tailgating is a time to show your team spirit. Here are a few pretty cool options:

Food and Drinks

This may just be the most important aspect of any tailgating party. Is it even tailgating if you don’t have a massive selection? Check out these items:

Pregame Activities

Last, but definitely not least, are the activities that you plan on doing beforehand. Food and team spirit can only take your party so far. These items will help you take it to the next level:

Follow these simple tips, and you will be the talk of the tailgating party.

Take the Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour

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Looking for something fun to do in the Huntington Beach area? The Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board has been kind enough to write a very comprehensive outline to follow for a self-guided Historic Walking Tour through the downtown Huntington Beach area. Starting in front of the information kiosk at the Huntington Beach Pier, the walking tour will hit many of the area’s great local attractions. Here are a few highlights:

The Pier: Dating back to 1904, the pier has a rich, colorful history of its own.

Helme/Worthy House: Currently being renovated by the Worthy family, this home, built in 1901, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Huntington Pacific Condos: These condos couldn’t be built now due to building restrictions, but they’ve persevered to this day despite their origins in the 60s.

International Surfing Museum: What says California like a museum about surfing? Check out the numerous exhibits, including a cornerstone of the 1914 pier.

Perqs Nite Club: Originally a school in 1905, Perqs was turned into a night club with the arrival of the oil-hungry “roughnecks” in the 20s. Now, it’s a photography studio.

The Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour includes many other interesting sites besides these, so be sure to check it out.

How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.

Tips for Driving to the Beach

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If you’re planning on taking a trip to the beach soon, you might be wondering about what to take with you, how to pack it up into your car, and of course how to de-sand the car when you get home. Here are some tips on driving to the beach you might find helpful.

If you’re going with kids, you’ll probably want them to sleep on the way home from an exhausting day at the beach, and they’ll want to do the exact opposite of sleep. Bring some favorite soft toys and blankets from home to put them out like a light. It’s a good idea to bring a cooler, so make sure you have one that fits in the trunk or cargo area of your car, or buy a small Styrofoam one, and stock up with water and snacks for the day.

A good way to avoid getting sand into the car is to bring a broom and dust yourself and your kids off before you get into the car. Some will inevitably pop up, though. To get the sand out, take out the mats and beat them to shake out as much sand as possible. Then you’ll want to brush them with an upholstery brush to loosen sand that has gotten too deep in to shake out. Finally, vacuum the mats to get the rest of the sand up. Follow the same steps with the carpet of your car.

50th Anniversary Chevy Camaro Celebrations

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2017 marks 50 years since the first Camaro, and to celebrate Chevy is hosting some events as well as releasing an anniversary edition of the 2017 Camaro. The 50th anniversary Chevy Camaro celebrations will take place in the Detroit area in from August 18 to 20.

The Camaro celebrations in Detroit will include a Camaro factory tour on the 18th in Lansing. In addition to being able to see a Camaro assembled, there will also be a car show at the factory. On August 19 in Detroit there will be a Camaro Fifty Rally, where Camaro drivers will drive together up Woodward Ave. The 20th is the Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual auto event in Birmingham that will also feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Camaro.

The 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro is available in Nightfall Gray Metallic paint, with special wheels and center caps, an RS Appearance Package, orange brake calipers, and a few other exterior tweaks. The interior has a unique black leather interior with orange accent stitching and suede inserts, as well as 50th Anniversary treatments on various parts of the vehicle.

The Anniversary Edition will be available in the 2LT Coupe and Convertible and the 2SS Coupe and Convertible models.

Automotive EV Technology: Chevy Changes the Way We Drive

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Automotive EV technology is the future of vehicle engineering, offering better fuel economy, lower emissions, and, in some cases, optimal performance. Models like the Chevrolet Volt provide eco-friendly mobility options for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.

According to the Orange County Breeze, the local community is already ramping up efforts to improve the nature of power and energy in the area. An advanced team from prestigious organizations around the state are teaming up in Huntington beach, along with nearly $2 million in donations, to help design high-efficiency and sustainable energy technologies in the area.

Similarly, automakers like Chevy are working on a much larger scale to change the way we think about driving. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt, for example, has a high-efficiency hybrid-electric powertrain that gets up to 420 miles in range. You can go up to 53 miles on pure electricity, and you can go 1,000 miles between fill-ups.

The Chevrolet Volt was recently named the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal, proving just how great this new model is. Hybrid-electric models drastically reduce harmful CO2 emissions by relying on electric power, and they also save you tons of money at the pump. Refined charging systems limit the time you spend recharging the battery, and great new features like a Power Flow screen show you where energy is going as you drive.

Visit the Annual OC Fair from July 15 to August 14

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The OC Fair is on its way. This event takes place yearly from July 15 to August 14. With tons of games, exhibits, shopping, and food, there is truly something for everyone. Bring the family to this event to experience the best of the area. Plus, the OC Fair is a great way to support your community.

According to the OC Fair website, the event is from July 15 to August 14 from Wednesday to Sunday. That means the fair will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Though it can be a little confusing, see the list below for hours and admissions information:

  • Wednesday to Friday – Noon to Midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am to Midnight
  • Monday and Tuesday – Closed

There is also on-site box office information at 100 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, California. You can purchase admissions tickets at the box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.

There is tons to do at the annual OC Fair, including shows at the Pacific Amphitheatre, nightly entertainment at the Hangar, and sports at the Action Sports Arena. There will also be special events and free entertainment as well.

Exhibits include fine arts and hand crafts displays, a garden and floral exhibit, culinary, agriculture, and livestock show as well. A carnival will have the best games and rides around, as well as attractions for kids.

Finally, the OC Fair will have some of the best food around. You can find fair food, as well as healthy options and barbecue. There will be a wine seminar put on by the Orange County Wine Society as well.

2017 Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF: Volt Killing LEAF in Sales

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When the new 2017 Volt was released April of this year, the auto world waited to see what its release would do to the leader of the electric class, the LEAF. The Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF debate is settling now that the Volt has had a couple months to sell, and it looks like the Volt is crushing the LEAF.

In April of 2016 alone, the Volt sold 1,983 units, doubled from its April sales last year, when it sold just 905. In contrast, the LEAF’s sales have dropped dramatically. Only 787 LEAFs sold this April, down from the 1,553 of last year. That’s less than the Volt’s low sales from 2015.

It’s no wonder the LEAF isn’t doing so well against the Volt—its battery life is still limited at 84 miles at the base level, and as a PHEV the Volt has gasoline-power that makes up for its small 53-mile range. Unless Nissan can dramatically increase the LEAF’s battery life, it won’t be able to compete with PHEVs or even all-electrics like the Bolt, whose estimated range is upwards of 200 miles.

To check out the new Volt, visit us at DeLillo Chevrolet!

Disneyland Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Magical Vacation

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Disneyland is a big place, and there are a million little things you can do to make the best use of your time and have the most fun possible. These are just a few of the many Disneyland tips and tricks you might want to know.

Plan your trip well in advance, and research it well. Know which parks you want to go to, where you’re staying, and where the best places to get cheap food are. Planning a Disney vacation that’s both affordable and makes good use of your time is tricky, since you pay extra for Fastpass and onsite hotels. Stick to your budget, but don’t let it ruin your trip.

Buzzfeed has an amazing collection of insider Disneyland tips, like which rides have single rider lines and less crowded spots to watch fireworks and parades. Do Disney like a pro!

There are Easter eggs hidden all over the park, and one of the best parts of visiting Disney is finding them. Try touching Snow White’s apple, stopping at Main Street City Hall for a special occasion badge, or ask a Jungle Cruise cast member for a free map you can take home as a souvenir.

Make sure you have a reliable and spacious vehicle that can take you to and from Disneyland with ease! Stop by DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA – a short drive from Disneyland – and browse our well-stocked inventory today!